Music Review: Salman's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo sounds dated

31-10-2015

Music director Himesh Reshammiya delivers a massive album full of tracks for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Let’s see what he has to offer us this time around.

The Rajshri festivities kick off with the Prem Leela number crooned by Aman Trikha and Vineet Singh. This is the kind of song that is hard to ignore whether or not you like this type of music. The peppy and catchy vibe of this number will have you humming it in no time.

It’s followed by Palak Mucchal’s rendition of the title track, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. This is a vintage 90s number and exactly the sort of song you would expect to hear in a Rajshri feature. The decidedly desi vibes are not for everyone though others might love this track.

Harshdeep Kaur, Vineet Singh and Shabab Sabri lend their voice to what is something of a rarity in Bollywood these days – a sweet, old-fashioned romantic number. This song harkens back to the era when romance was more about longing and the bittersweet pain of separation.

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Shaan puts in an appearance for Aaj Unse Milna Hai, yet another vintage sounding number. But the lyrics border on the moronic at times and it often feels like Shaan seems to be spoofing the Kumar Sanu songs of yesteryear. Definitely not a song for the masses.

Palak Muchhal and Mohammad Irrfan try their best to salvage Jab Tum Chaho, a number that’s essentially as dull as KRK’s sense of style. It boasts of a certain peppy rhythm but sadly it becomes old very fast.

Aman Trikha’s Halo Re is your classic dandiya number and Reshammiya appears to be right at home with this one. It’s not a bad number but offers nothing really special in any way.

Neeraj Shridhar and Neeti Mohan try to liven things up with Tod Tadaiyya but not even the Punjabi beats of this track can save the listener from monotony.

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Himesh himself decides to grab the microphone for Bachpan Kahan, a song that reminisces about one’s childhood. The composition is good enough but Reshammiya’s sugary sweet voice sounds fake and frankly off-putting.

Murli Ki Taanon se is a slow number by Shaan which will probably be used to highlight some special moment in the film.

Palak Muchhal puts in another appearance for Aaj Unse Kehna Hai which is essentially the female version of Aaj Unse Milna Hai.

Overall, Himesh Reshammiya has worked hard but the brief given to him itself doesn’t seem to work very well. In 2015, you have two kinds of music, one is for the masses and the other is for the discerning music aficionados. PRDP’s music falls in neither category. From a purely musical point of view Reshammiya has done a good job. If only this were the 90s we would be celebrating this album.

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